An early video look at the Samsung Chromebook 2 showed an appealing laptop with what looks like solid performance from the company’s Exynos chip. We won’t know for sure, however, until the end of May due to delivery delays. Read more »
Google could be expanding voice control beyond search and Google Now in Android with a new OK Google Everywhere feature. Samsung’s fourth iteration of the Galaxy Tab is coming as we wait to see if Amazon offers free mobile broadband with its smartphone. Read more »
After already promising 14 to 21 business day delivery when pre-orders began April 7, Samsung now says the Chromebook 2 won’t arrive until the end of May. Perhaps there’s more software tweaking to be done for the Exynos 5 chip. Read more »
Amazon’s phone could be the first major product to take advantage of AT&T’s Sponsored Data plans with a Prime Data service. Free mobile broadband as a subsidy? It wouldn’t be the first time Amazon has done this. Read more »
Could a Microsoft Surface Mini running Windows RT be a hit? Not unless it’s priced competitively against the already available small Windows 8 slates and Universal Windows Apps start showing up in quantity. Read more »
After installing iOS 7.1.1 when it became available on Tuesday, I thought I saw a marked improvement in my iPhone’s battery life. I’m not the only one as ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes noted the same on Thursday, sharing results from multiple six-hour battery tests. Prior to the update, his iPhone battery would drop from 100 percent capacity down to 48 percent. After installing iOS 7.1.1, his iPhone battery is only falling to 76 percent from a full charge in a test cycle. Several commenters on his article agree or have seen similar results, so if you haven’t updated to iOS 7.1.1, I recommend doing so sooner rather than later.
Typically a product that shows nothing but yearly growth, Apple’s iPad slipped in sales this past quarter, marking otherwise excellent results. Was the drop due to inventory management as Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Read more »
My new favorite browser for iOS is Opera Coast. The newest version for iPhone and iPod touch joins the already available iPad edition, bringing more of a simpler web consumption experience instead of a web navigation exercise: Definitely a must try. Read more »
A new “easy unlock” feature appears in the developer channel of Chrome OS. Once enabled, it will let you unlock a Chromebook or Chromebox by placing a trusted Android phone nearby. Read more »
It’s about time Siri learned a new trick and it may come in the form of Apple TV support. Code snippets in iOS 7.1 suggest that Siri could help you find new television content or change the channel for you. Read more »
Windows Phone just joined the platforms that Microsoft supports with a remote control app for accessing a PC from a handset. The company quietly introduced the free Remote Desktop Preview software in the Windows Phone store on Wednesday and ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley spotted it. Microsoft first brought a secure remote access app to competing platforms — namely iOS and Android — last year, so this new preview app closes the circle by giving Microsoft’s own Windows Phone users the same functionality: Full, secure access to a remote computer for viewing data or running apps on the small screen
Sensors that analyze a golf swing in real-time are awesome but can require a phone or tablet for instant feedback. Google Glass might be a better device for this and Swingbyte’s new Glass app is ready to tell you why you’re slicing the ball. Read more »
Motorola signed a patent license with Microsoft for Android and Chrome OS devices this month. Wait: Motorola doesn’t make any Chrome OS devices. But it could and one possibility is to use an Android phone with a Chrome OS partition for a modular laptop. Read more »
The newest Google Android app just made it easier to remotely access a Windows or Mac computer from a phone or tablet. You’ll need Chrome on the target computer but that shouldn’t surprise if you’ve been following Google’s long-term Chrome strategy. Read more »
Refocusing camera images after taking the picture is becoming all the rage on mobile devices. Google must agree since it has a new downloadable Google Camera app with a Lens Blur feature. Read more »
Wandering around wearing Google Glass with no place to stay? The SPG for Glass can solve that problem, helping you search for a room or manage your Starwood Preferred account on Google’s wearable computer. Read more »
Customers in more countries can buy Apple’s lower-cost iPhone 5c with 8 GB of storage as of today. Will they? Probably not in large numbers if retailers are discounting the 16 GB model for an even lower price. Read more »
Still blindly surfing in the wake of HeartBleed? Our Chrome extension of the week will give you a little more peace of mind, telling you which sites are still at risk of being hacked before you even hit them. Read more »
A recent Samsung patent application shows that the company may follow Google into the wearable display market. The Earphone is strikingly similar to Google Glass but would likely run Tizen, not Android if Samsung wants to break away from Google’s software influence. Read more »
Following last week’s report of an Amazon phone announcement in June, the first reported pictures of the handset appeared online. That 3D interface sounds more like a parallax effect, moving the background around in relation to the user’s eyes. Read more »
Google’s Chrome OS is looking more and more like a traditional desktop operating system when it comes to usability and familiarity. Now, when using a Chrome app that normally opens in a small window, you can drag it to the side of your display and the main browser will automatically re-size to make room. Microsoft introduced a similar feature called Snap in Windows 7 and it works the same in Chrome OS. That’s likely not a coincidence. Working in a browser-based environment is a big change for some after decades of using Microsoft Windows. By replicating existing usability and navigation features, Chrome OS becomes more familiar to new users.
Google took a few months off from regularly scheduled Google Glass software updates but this month brings a big one: Glass is getting KitKit and several new usability improvements. Gone, however is the video calling for now. Read more »
In a bit of an about-face, Microsoft added a little support to Google’s Chrome strategy by announcing Office Online apps in the Chrome Web Store on Monday. “Apps” is a bit of a misnomer: These are shortcuts for Chrome’s app launcher to the already available web versions of Word, Excel and Power Point. The timing of the gesture is interesting as well: It corresponds with the ZDNet’s reported end of Microsoft’s Scroogled ad campaign today, a series of spots that focused on Chrome OS deficiencies including the fact that they don’t run Microsoft Office.
Looks like there’s one more feature in the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1: Support for Apple Passbook files. These are appearing directly in Microsoft Wallet, so how did Microsoft manage this and will the feature continue to be available? Read more »
Tired of carrying a slim, light laptop along with a bulky power brick? Check out Dart, a new Kickstarter that uses Very High Frequency power conversion to provide up to 65 Watts of power in a pocketable size. Read more »
A Sprint support page suggests a new version of Android is on the way. Don’t get too excited though: This is likely a minor maintenance release to address some lingering issues with KitKat. Read more »
Make no mistake: Although Windows Phone 8.1 is a “point” update from the prior version, this software is filled with fantastic features. If developers take advantage of Universal Windows Apps, Microsoft will reap big rewards. Read more »
After seeing Windows Phone 8.1 shown off earlier this month, developers can now get their hands on the software. Engadget saw that Microsoft released the update on Monday for any Windows Phone 8 device. While the software is meant for those who make Windows Phone applications, anyone can technically download and install it either by registering as developer for $19, register for free using Microsoft’s App Studio software or follow a process to developer unlock their handset. The new software includes Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-centric assistant, personalization tools and support for Universal Windows Apps to name a few functions.
For about a hundred dollars, the Amped Wireless REC15A promises to boost both your in-home Wi-Fi speeds and your range. Does it deliver? After testing one, I have near-wired wireless speeds in more places at my house. Read more »
Google continues work on its Android software that connects and controls a remote computer. Private beta testing is underway so the application should be launching in the near future. Read more »
This week saw news of the upcoming Amazon phone which will surely run the company’s forked version of Android. That means it won’t likely work with Android Wear watches, one of which got a price. And the high-performing Galaxy S5 is now available. Read more »
The elusive Amazon smartphone is moving out of the rumor stage and heading towards an announcement The Wall Street Journal reports. Eye-tracking and glasses-free 3-D features are expected and I’d count on Amazon Instant Video as well. Read more »
Now that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is available, it’s time to make use of the integrated fingerprint scanner. PayPal is doing just that, releasing its app made specifically for biometric authentication. Read more »
The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e may not officially be Chrome OS tablet but it’s darn close. The screen of the $349 Chromeook folds back 360-degrees for tablet mode using the Chrome OS software keyboard. Read more »
Six months after Android Jelly Bean launched, 14 percent of devices are running it, says Chitika Insights. A new report from the company says only 10 percent now use KitKat nearly a half year after the newer software was introduced. Read more »
Oops, did you just close a browser tab on your phone by accident? No worries, because you can get it back quickly with a new feature in the Chrome Beta for Android. Read more »
Google is expanding the Glass Explorer program to those who want in. For a limited time on April 15, anyone in the U.S. over the age of 18 and willing to spend $1,500 can get Google Glass. Read more »
I took a closer look at the Samsung Gear Fit and chatted with Samsung about its newest wearable product. So far, the device looks promising. Here are a few things you should know about the Gear Fit if you’re considering one for your wrist. Read more »
After weeks in Verizon stores only, the HTC One M8 finds its way to other carrier partner locations. On Friday, the company said the flagship handset can be picked up from AT&T and Sprint retail stores for $199 with contract; T-Mobile is still taking pre-orders. The phone has earned positive reviews and my own first impressions are very promising; the more I use the HTC One M8, the more I see welcome improvements. HTC is also selling an unlocked, no-contract version of the device for $699.99 directly through its website while Google is offering a Google Play Edition with pure Android for the same price.